Tons of places around the country offer the option of horseback riding as an activity. Sounds pretty fun, right? Unfortunately, not a lot of people have horseback riding experience.
So, to ensure you don’t have to pass up this opportunity, we’re here to help. Here’s a beginner’s guide to horseback riding that will help you make sure you can safely enjoy it!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
First, you want to dress for the occasion, especially if you’re a beginner. That means long pants and close-toed shoes are a must. You don’t want to go riding in shorts and sandals. Also, make sure you wear a helmet as well and avoid accessories that could get tangled in the reins or around the saddle like scarves or purses.
Listen to the Guide
Those people taking you on your guided tour have a lot of experience being around horses, so they are going to be your best source of information. If they tell you to move a certain way or ease up, follow their instructions. They are there to make sure you have fun but also keep you and the horses safe from harm.
Settle Your Nerves
If this is your first time on a horse it’s totally normal to be nervous. However, the horse can usually sense that, which can make them a bit nervous too. So try your best to take a few deep breaths and relax. Remember, your going to have a nice casual stroll through some beautiful land, there’s plenty about that to enjoy!
Take it Slow
It’s perfectly fine, in fact, it’s recommended to take things slowly at first. You don’t need to be off to the races, and honestly, your horse probably doesn’t either. Going slow can help build up some rapport between you and your horse. So it’s ok to keep things nice and easy at the start as you build up a bit more experience and confidence.
Remember, your horse is often going to respond to your movement so try to always be gentle. That goes for when you get in and out of the saddle as well as how you hold the reins. Yanking and pulling can cause your horse to make erratic movements, which you obviously want to avoid. So keep a firm yet gentle hold on the reins at all times.
Ok, this might be the most important tip! Regardless if you’re trying out horseback riding to check out a new trail on vacation or if you want to start building it as a hobby you’re doing this for fun. It’s a great way to be out in nature and build a real bond with your horse. Plus, it’s a great memory you can remember for years to come.
It’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with horseback riding so hopefully, this beginner’s guide will encourage you to give it a try!